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Another no-hitter for USA softball; Osterman fans 13

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Cat Osterman had 13 strikeouts in throwing a no-hitter, the second straight for the U.S. softball team at the Olympics, this one a 3-0 victory over Australia on Wednesday.

Crystl Bustos hit a two-run homer and Natasha Watley had the tie-breaking RBI single in the fifth inning for the Americans, who no-hit Venezuela, 11-0, on Tuesday behind a strong effort from Jennie Finch.

A day later it was Osterman's turn. She walked three batters, but went the distance, striking out Kylie Cronk to end the game. Osterman threw the second complete-game no-hitter in Olympic history. She joined Lori Harrigan as the only two pitchers to spin complete game no hitters in an Olympic game. Harrigan posted a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over Canada on Sept. 17, 2000, the opener of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

The Americans won at the Olympics for a 16th straight time, going back to the 2000 Sydney Games.

Next up for the U.S. will be a game against Canada on Thursday.

Tanya Harding was the losing pitcher for the Aussies, allowing four hits and three runs in five-plus innings.

Lovieanne Jung walked with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and stole second with two outs. Watley then singled to left-center field for the game's first run.

Jessica Mendoza walked to begin the U.S. sixth before Bustos cranked a homer to right field.

Osterman then struck out the side in the seventh to end the game in this possibly her final Olympics. Softball won't be part of the program at the 2012 London Games.

"We are here to play a game, we are not here to worry about the reinstatement,"

Also Wednesday, Japan edged Chinese Taipei, 2-1, and Canada got three RBI apiece from Jennifer Yee and Melanie Matthews in a 9-2 rout of the Netherlands.

08/13 10:33:01 ET


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